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News of: Monday, 28th of September, 2009

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JMB camp busted

Rapid Action Battalion has busted a training camp of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh in a remote hill area in Khagrachhari and arrested five militants in last two days.

World power giants eye govt projects

The government's initiative of a large number of power projects has stirred both local and international investors as well as the world's leading power generation equipment manufacturers, industry insiders say.

PM outlines ways to ensure food security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for introducing fair and equitable "food governance" at both national and international levels to ensure easy access of vulnerable and marginalised groups to requisite quantum of food.

Sugar 'hoarding' in Jessore, Jhalakathi

The district administration yesterday started probing alleged hoarding of sugar by two importers as 74,340 sacks of sugar were seized from their warehouses in Jessore on Saturday night.

Girl raped; video hits the market

A leader of Pirojpur district unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has lured a class X student to a love trap, raped her and recorded it in cellphone.

Lifters feast on public libraries

Over 40,000 books of the public libraries across the country have gone missing in the past 41 years, thanks to the negligence of authorities in preserving rare books and manuscripts.

Controlling Ctg was their target

Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury of Awami League and BNP stalwart Salauddin Quader Chowdhury held a meeting recently to keep dominating politics in the port city rekindling acrimony between factions in their parties.

4 muggers beaten to death

Four alleged muggers were killed in separate incidents of mob beatings in the capital and Magura yesterday.

Father saves son, but not himself

A father died in a road accident to save his seven-year-old son from being crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus in front of Jagannath University in the capital yesterday.

Jalil earns kudos from BNP

Veteran Awami League leader Abdul Jalil, who faces disciplinary action from the party for his controversial remark, receives high praise from rival BNP leaders.

VAT on health bill still in force

Most private hospitals and clinics are charging patients Value Added Tax, violating a High Court order, since the VAT Act 1991 is still in force.

Swine flu infection rises to 604

The number of swine flu patients has risen to 604 in the country since the first case was detected on June 18, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed yesterday.

SQ Chy safe

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has directed her party colleagues to ask Salauddin Quader Chowdhury not to make derogatory remarks that might be harmful to the party, said BNP insiders.

Bijoya Dashami today

Five-day long Durga Puja finally comes to an end today through the celebration of Bijoya Dashami after performing the sacred rituals of Sashthi, Saptami, Ashtami and Navami.

Depression over Bay

Deep convection is taking place over north Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh under the influence of the low over the northwest Bay and adjoining west central Bay, said a Met Office bulletin last night.

Roads hardly exist

A loaded pushcart struggled for at least half an hour to cross only 50 yards and that too with the help of locals, as the road it was passing through was extremely rough and rutted.

Shafiq on 1972 charter

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said if the original 1972 Constitution revives following the nullification of the Fifth Amendment, the four fundamental state principles--democracy, nationalism, secularism and socialism-would be restored concomitantly.

AL lawmaker sued for graft

Awami League lawmaker Ishak Hossain Talukder and 21 others were sued with the district court yesterday on charge of corruption and irregularities in teacher recruitment process of Fulzhor Degree College in Raiganj upazila.

Sea ride made too risky for tourists

Two ships--Keari Sindbad and LTC Kutubdia--are ferrying tourists from Teknaf in Cox's Bazar to St Martin's Island on sea route at huge risk as they are carrying passengers several times more than their capacity.

Businessman shot dead by extortionists

A businessman was shot dead and another wounded by extortionists at Joypara in Dohar upazila of Dhaka yesterday.

Court accepts case against 28 cops

A Dhaka court yesterday took into cognisance a case filed by Shahin Sultana Shanta on March 12, 2006 after 28 policemen, including two then Deputy Commissioners (DC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, assaulted her.

Iran's missile tests stoke nuke tension

Iran test-fired three short-range missiles yesterday as the Islamic republic began war games two days after the UN nuclear watchdog disclosed it was building a second uranium enrichment plant.

Asian rivals sit for talk amid Mumbai shadow

Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers are set to hold crucial talks Sunday with India expected to focus on terrorism and Pakistan resisting a linkage with action against 26/11 Mumbai terror attackers.

Editorial

Disciplining errant party elements

It is worthwhile to note that a verbal climate of crusade is in the offing within the ruling party against leaders and activists who seem incorrigibly set to bring their party to disrepute through abuse of power. New voices are being added to the PM's stern warning in the September 17 parliamentary party meeting against the lawmakers' indulging in or patronising acts of extortion, tender manipulation and the like. AL presidium member Obaidul Quader expressed the party's resolve to identify and discipline those who tainted the government's image. AL secretary general Ashraful Islam also joined in.

Drive by law enforcers

In a series of special drives on Friday, police and the Rapid Action Battalion took as many as 418 people into custody. It has been given out that the arrests were made as part of security measures related to the Puja celebrations. Reports of bombs hoaxes at some puja mandaps in the capital certainly prompted these law enforcement drives. One surely cannot underplay the threats that may come in relation to religious or other collective celebrations and observances, which is why one fully understands the need for the security forces to be in a state of constant alert. No citizen will ever be inclined to disregard any question about ensuring the security of people at any given time.

Speed-up administration

COMPARED to a developed country the capability of an underdeveloped country is very limited. Bangladesh, being a least developed country, should never be oblivious to the fact that she will have to overcome lots of hurdles before reaching the stage of mid-income country. To attain this stage she needs good governance and good administration. It is regrettable that, despite the passage of more than nine months, the new government has not been able to make us hopeful about attaining its declared commitment. To a neutral observer, the AL-led government appears to be more concerned about consolidating its power without concentrating on promoting national interest. Admittedly, the administration has failed to speed up work to attain the national goals in time. In fact, the prime minister has already conveyed her disappointment and disapprobation to the secretaries to the government about the painfully slow disposal of government decisions. Her admonishment could not bring any positive result as it is beyond the powers of the secretaries to gear-up administrative actions.

Obama signals welcome change at the UN

PRESIDENT Obama, in his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly last Tuesday, pledged a new willingness to work with the global community, and urged them to set aside "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism" and collectively confront the global crises. The tone and tenor of his speech were markedly different from his predecessor Bush's policy of "acting alone" and flouting the opinion of the international community. Obama sought to clearly delineate differences between his administration and that of his predecessor.

Sports

BCB, Siddons talk contract

After agreeing in principle to extend the tenure of head coach Jamie Siddons in the second week of this month, the Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday held an informal meeting with coach Jamie Siddons over the terms of his new contract.

Cruise for Pakistan

Shoaib Malik smashed a brisk century to set up Pakistan's 54-run victory over arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy on Saturday.

Kiwis ride on Rydert

New Zealand started and fini-shed their 50-over innings superbly to make 315-7 against Sri Lanka at sun-baked Wanderers on Sunday in a crucial ICC Champions Trophy match.

Hull break Chelsea

Chelsea lost for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti as Wigan claimed a shock 3-1 victory at the DW Stadium, while Manchester United defeated Stoke 2-0 to move top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Shuvo restricts MCA U-22s

A superb five-for from left-arm spinner Suhrawardi Shuvo helped visiting Bangladesh A cricket team dominate hosts Maharashtra Cricket Association Under-22 on the first day of the three-day warm-up match in Nasik, India yesterday.

No govt money for football in NSC budget

Football has once again been kept out of the government finance when the National Sports Council proposed a budget of Tk 1.76 crore for 32 federations and associations for the 2009-2010 fiscal.

India have to win today

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is looking forward to an improved performance from his team in a crucial match against formidable Australia in the Champions Trophy here on Monday.

Lifter Fahima bags silver

Weightlifter Fahima Akter bagged a silver medal in the 58kg category of Asian Junior Inter-club Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, said a press release yesterday.

Special Olympics course from today

A two-day training course for floor hockey and young athletes, organised by Special Olympics Bangladesh, will get underway today at St. Joseph School in Mohammadpur.

MSC members' demand

Some 50 to 60 members of Mohammedan Sporting Club have requested the convenor of the club's ad-hoc committee to extend the deadline for depositing money to become members of Mohammedan Limited.

Klitschko retains heavyweight title

Vitali Klitschko successfully defended his World Boxing Council heavyweight title on Saturday stopping previously unbeaten Cristobal Arreola after 10 rounds of a scheduled 12.

Hamburg win derby

Mladen Petric scored 18 minutes from time to earn Hamburg top spot in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, ending Bayern Munich's five-match winning streak.

Glitzy duo set pace

Barcelona joined Real Madrid on a maximum 15 points at the Spanish league summit with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring for the fifth consecutive game as the champions won 2-0 at Malaga on Saturday.

Upstarts upset Inter

Giampaolo Pazzini scored the only goal as Sampdoria beat champions Inter Milan to return to the top of the Serie A table on Saturday.

Setback for Marseille

Marseille's build-up to their crucial Champions League assignment at mighty Real Madrid in midweek suffered an embarrassing setback on Saturday when they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at humble Valenciennes, twice surrendering a lead.

Carlo hopes for swift riposte

Carlo Ancelotti has promised Chelsea will provide a response when they travel to Apoel Nicosia after suffering their first defeat under the Italian.

More to come from Torres

Hat-trick hero Fernando Torres helped Liverpool make their best goal-scoring start to a league season in over 100 years - yet manager Rafa Benitez has told him he is still not fulfilling his potential

More to come from Torres

Hat-trick hero Fernando Torres helped Liverpool make their best goal-scoring start to a league season in over 100 years - yet manager Rafa Benitez has told him he is still not fulfilling his potential

Gautam Veeru's choice

Virender Sehwag has said his fellow opener Gautam Gambhir is a leading candidate to captain India in the future. Sehwag felt Gambhir, his teammate at the club, state and national levels, had the potential to be groomed into a leader and that appointing him vice-captain in South Africa was clear indication that he could graduate into the captaincy.

Bernie lashes Sir Martin

Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at Sir Martin Sorrell, a senior figure in the sport, after he was accused of being "totally out of touch" for saying Flavio Briatore's life ban was excessive.

Dhoni blasts his bowlers

A furious India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his bowlers for conceding too many runs against Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener and said if his side were to repeat Saturday's listless performance they should pack up and go back home.

Business

Banks directed to lower SME lending rate

The central bank cautioned all commercial banks yesterday for charging high interest rates for loans by distorting the definition of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Cabinet body okays new import-export policy

A new import policy is on the cards envisaging special for the garment industry, essential commodities and the industrial unit with 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI).

Call handlers fear loss as govt mulls licensing new operators

The nascent call handlers are worried about losing business, as the telecom regulator has announced to issue eight more licences in a bid to set up both local and international call handling exchanges soon.

Huge apparel buyers expected this year

Bangladesh expects a massive brace of international buyers this year as two major trade bodies are preparing to host two important international apparel expositions in November.

FBCCI demands more time for income tax return

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) requested the government to extend the time for submitting income-tax return, as many taxpayers might miss the deadline.

OECD warns G20 to put horse before cart on bank reform

Banks, bonuses, tax havens and under-regulation caused the financial crisis and are the keys to reform. Not so, the OECD warns as the G20 takes steps in such areas.

Cropping pattern change can double yield in north

Rotating cultivation of rice, wheat and other crops under bed-planting system can double the yield in the northern districts, particularly in the high and dry Barind belt, according to an on-the-ground research finding.

No more free lunch in Raul Castro's Cuba

President Raul Castro is taking a bold gamble to ease communist Cuba's cash crunch by eliminating a costly government lunch program that feeds almost a third of the nation's population every workday.

Kuwait's Investment Dar reaches deal with debtors

Kuwait's troubled Investment Dar has reached a standstill agreement with its debtors to suspend claims as the top Islamic firm agreed to a restructuring plan, a statement said on Sunday.

China says cutting energy use, but behind target

China said Sunday it expects to cut energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by five percent this year but meeting a pledge to cut consumption by 20 percent by 2010 would be difficult.

France to woo Islamic finance

As France debates whether to ban the burqa, the government is leading a drive to attract billions in investment from Muslim countries by turning Paris into the European capital of Islamic finance.

Australia embarks on broadband adventure

From snowy mountains and sun-baked deserts to the steamy tropical north, Australia has begun wiring its vast expanse with a high-tech broadband network in a giant project being closely followed abroad.

Stocks mark gaining spree

As the Dhaka market resumed yesterday after a nine-day break on account of Eid and weekend, stocks continued with the gaining streak that started a couple of days before the festival vacation.

Bangladesh trade fair in KL late Oct

The second Bangladesh single country trade fair will begin at Mardeka (Liberation) Square at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on October 23.

Chinese industrial profits fall 10.6pc

Profits at China's oil producers, steel makers and other major industrial companies fell 10.6 percent in the first eight months of 2009 from the same period a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday.

Hungary sees falling car sales

Car sales are falling sharply in Hungary in contrast to many other European countries where governments have launched car scrapping bonus schemes to get the auto industry back on its feet.

Gulf single currency should be phased: Kuwait

Gulf states should implement a monetary union and single currency in phases, Kuwait's central bank governor said in comments published on Sunday, casting further doubt on a 2010 target date.

Spain looks to higher taxes to rein in deficit

Spain's government Saturday approved a draft budget providing for tax hikes worth nearly 11 billion euros to rein in the deficit as it struggles with recession and Europe's highest jobless rate.

Belgian banks seek millions from Lehman bankruptcy

Belgian creditors of failed Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers have demanded some 700 million dollars (480 million euros) from its administrator, local news media reported Saturday.

Venezuela to inject $3b to market this week

Venezuela's government said Saturday it will inject three billion dollars into its domestic market this week in a bid to regain liquidity in its economy.

Japan minister says JAL won't be liquidated

Japan's transport minister said Sunday he will not force the struggling Japan Airlines, Asia's biggest airline, into bankruptcy.

Iran state telecom firm privatised in $8b deal

A majority stake in Iran's only state-owned telecommunications firm was sold on Sunday to a private consortium in an eight-billion-dollar deal, the largest privatisation in the Islamic republic.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was actively trading today. There was ample liquidity in the market and the USD/BDT rate traded in a similar range to the previous working day.

Correction

In a news item headlined "New DMD for Janata Bank" published yesterday, it was inadvertently mentioned that Tapon Kumar Ghosh was general manager of the bank prior to the promotion. Actually he was GM of Sonali Bank and was promoted to the post of DMD of Janata Bank. It was also mistakenly mentioned that Ghosh is a graduate in management. Actually he is a postgraduate in the subject. We regret the mistakes.

Metropolitan

Company to monitor coal-fired power plants in the offing

The power ministry is planning to form a separate company to set up 3-4 coal-fired power plants with total capacity of about 2000 MW.

Set up climate court

An acceptable global planning should be made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) to tackle the consequences of climate change across the globe, said the citizens in an opinion-giving programme in the city on Saturday.

Implementation main challenge

The draft education policy is likely to elevate the country's education system but its implementation remains the main challenge as was also in cases of previous policies, educationists said yesterday.

Admission process to be made online: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said admission process of all education institutions would be brought online to speed up the digitalisation processes in the country's education sector.

8,500 bottles of Phensidyl seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 8,500 bottles of Phensidyl at Balashi ghat under Fulchari upazila in Gaibandha yesterday.

ADB okays re-tender proposal

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed a proposal of Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) for re-tendering to install gas compressors at three points in GTCL system to boost the gas pressure level to feed the gas driven installations in a proper manner.

AL, BNP hold rallies outside UN HQ

Several hundred members of the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP hold rallies in front of the United Nations Headquarters on Saturday in a show of their usual domestic political hostilities abroad.

Number of heart patients on the rise

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque at a seminar yesterday said the government would extend facilities of surgical and intensive care services for the patients of heart diseases at all public medical college hospitals.

Work on Karnaphuli Container Terminal to begin soon

The work on Karnaphuli Container Terminal (KCT) with a capacity of handling additional six lakh TEU (twenty equivalent unit) containers annually is likely to be started soon.

CHT development project extended for four years

The government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have decided to extend the CHT development project for the next four years.

Call to make info commission effective

Campaign on Citizen's Right to Information (CCRI), a non-government organisation, yesterday demanded the government take necessary steps to make Information Commission effective.

62nd birth anniversary of Hasina today

Today is the 62nd birth anniversary of Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.

Govt firm to end trial of all political killings: Sajeda

Deputy Leader of the House and acting President of Bangladesh Awami League Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said the government is committed to end the trial of all political killings.

20,749 unfit vehicles in Ctg

Over 20,749 unfit light and heavy vehicles are plying the roads in Chittagong without fitness certificates, depriving the government of huge revenue.

Early harvest brings relief to monga-hit districts

Harvest of short duration BINA Dhan-7 has already begun at the peak hour of seasonal lean period bringing relief to the people of poverty-prone areas of greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.

Need for modern tech in agri sector stressed

Agricultural information experts at a gathering of farmers here yesterday emphasised the need for promoting modern technology in agricultural activities for boosting its production.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Natore and Pabna in last two days.

8,500 bottles of Phensidyl seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 8,500 bottles of Phensidyl at Balashi ghat under Fulchari upazila in Gaibandha yesterday.

World Tourism Day observed

The World Tourism Day was observed in the country yesterday as elsewhere across the globe with the aim to create awareness about social, political and economic importance of this potential industry.

Hasina's speech at UNGA hailed

Different political and social organisations yesterday hailed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving her speech at the general assembly of United Nations (UN) in Bangla and raising the demand of making Bangla an official language of the UN.

Woman stabbed to death

A woman was stabbed to death by her husband's nephew at her residence in the city's Hazaribagh yesterday.

President returns home

President Mohammad Zillur Rahman returned home yesterday from Saudi Arabia after a six-day state visit there at the invitation of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.

Bangladesh Climate Camp Oct 23-25

Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN) and Youth in Action on Climate (YAC) are going to organise Bangladesh Climate Camp '09 in association with Oxfam International on October 23-25 in Noakhali.

Lion service week kicks off on Oct 1

A weeklong service programme of Lion District 315-A2 will be kicked off on October 1 in the country as elsewhere in the world.

Woman found dead in Sylhet hotel

A woman was killed allegedly by her husband at a hotel in the city's Jail Road on Saturday night.

Hearing on Arif's remand prayer Oct 6

Dhaka City Corporation Ward Commissioner and BNP leader Arifur Rahman Arif, who was arrested in connection with the case of bomb attack on Chashara Awami League office on June 16, 2001, was produced before Narayanganj Chief Judicial Magistrate's court yesterday for hearing a prayer for his remand.

Depression over Bay

Deep convection is taking place over north Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh under the influence of the low over the northwest Bay and adjoining west central Bay, said a Met Office bulletin last night.

Bangladesh Army replaces contingents in Ivory Coast

Bangladesh Army is going to replace its contingent to United Nations Operations in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - UNOCI.

UK defence studies team in city

A 13-member team of the UK Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), led by Maj Gen Sebastian Roberts, arrived in the city yesterday on a week-long visit, says a British High Commission release.

Killing of Sutopa condemned

Karmojibi Nari (KN) yesterday condemned the killing of Mafruda Huq Sutopa, a master's examinee of mass communication and journalism department at Dhaka University.

National

1,500 acres farmland under stagnant water

Several thousand people in Kamalerpara union under Saghata upazila in Gaibandha district are suffering as closure of a sluice gate by a land grabber caused water stagnation on 1500 acres of cultivable land in adjacent eight villages.

Scores work in unfit bldg amid life risk

Main functions of Sirajganj District Registrar's Office are going on in a dilapidated two-storied building, much to the risk for the staff as well as visitors.

Ziner badsha, the latest fraud

A section of frauds, introducing themselves as representatives of 'ziner badsha' (king of genies) are realising good amounts of money from credulous people.

BCL retaliates JCD attack

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists yesterday vandalised Baniachang upazila BNP office protesting attack on one of their leaders by JCD men in Habiganj town on Saturday night.

30 hurt as AL, BNP supporters clash in Faridpur

At least 30 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of local Awami League and BNP in Ramkantapur Union under Saltha upazila of Fraidpur district yesterday.

10 injured as rivals clash in Gopalganj

At least 10 people, including a police sub-inspector, were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Gohala Union under Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district yesterday.

Attack on newsman protested

Journalists here formed a human chain in front of the local Shaheed Minar yesterday protesting attack on Farid Ahmed, Gafargaon upazila correspondent of the Daily Bangla Bazar Patrika.

Boy stabbed to death

Criminals have stabbed a class eight student to death in Habiganj town.

Jubo Dal leader arrested

Police yesterday arrested Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal Kalaroa unit President Ashraf Hossain in Muftibari area in connection with an extortion case.

BRUR admission test

Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) yesterday started distribution of forms for admission to first year honours classes for the second 2009-'10 academic session. A total of 640 students will be admitted in 11 departments of mathematics, computer science and engineering (CSE), Bangla, English, economics, history, management, statistics, geography and environmental science (GES), accounting and information system (AIS) and marketing. The admission seekers have been advised to collect admission forms by downloading the same from www.brur.ac.bd of 8.5x14 inches in size, fill-in the forms by own handwritings and attach with it two recent passport size colour photographs. The admission seekers will have to submit the forms with necessary documents and Tk 300 in cash to the departments concerned. They can also collect admit cards with registration numbers and the prospectus. The forms can be collected till October 18 and the filled-in forms can be submitted to the departments concerned between 10am and 2pm daily from October 1-18 except for Fridays.

Medicine, coins seized

Detective Branch (DB) of police Saturday night seized a huge quantity of Indian medicine and Bangladeshi coins from a covered van of Desh courier service. They also arrested driver and helper of the van. Sources said, DB police led by sub-inspector Minhazul Islam raided the office of Desh courier service near GL Roy road at about 11:00 pm. They recovered Indian medicine worth Tk 20 lakh and 10 kg Bangladesh coins (ten and five poisas) from a covered van in front of the office. A case was registered with Kotwali police against two commission agents of Rangpur branch of the courier service, the van driver and the helper.

Two brothers drown

Two brothers drowned in a pond at Ratanpur village under Gobindaganj upazila on Saturday. Police and family sources said, Shubho, 5, son of Shariful Islam of the village fell into water while playing by the side of the pond, adjacent to his house. His elder brother, Sohel, 8, who jumped into the pond to rescue Shubho also drowned. Later their bodies were recovered from the pond.

30 shops gutted

At least 30 shops at Mokramprotap Bazar in Sadar upazila were gutted in a devastating fire on Saturday. Witnesses said the fire caused by short-circuit at the shop of one Yakub Ali in the morning, quickly engulfed the whole market. Shop owners and locals brought the fire under control after a two-hour struggle. Fire fighters could not reach the spot due to lack of road communication. At least five shop owners received injuries while extinguishing the fire. They were given first aid in local clinics. Meanwhile, president of Mokramprotap Bazar Shop Owners Association said the estimated loss due to the fire would be not less than Tk 30 lakh.

Letters

Prospect of jute

Due to heavy losses a good number of jute mills have been closed down. The world's biggest mills Adamjee faced the same fate during the last BNP regime. The present government now wishes to reopen the mills.

Eid for all

The holy Eid-ul-Fitr has been observed with due religious fervour and solemnity. People all around the country have celebrated this joyous occasion. Ahead of this largest religious festival the people who left Dhaka for sharing the festivity with near and dear ones experienced unbearable sufferings at the terminals. This is assumed to be no pain since they have shared their joy and happiness with their beloved ones.

Maternal and child health

Knowledge and practices relating to the newborn period, is needed in the development of interventions to reduce Maternal and child mortality. Although fatalism and cultural acceptance of high mortality have been cited as reasons for high levels of neonatal mortality, families seek to protect newborns in several ways.

A-bombing of Japan

I am writing with reference to the letter : "America's role," by Harun-or-Rashid (Sept 19).

BNP's dilemma

Our memory is still fresh to look back at the incidents of political/legal battle fought by the BNP leaders to maintain the status quo of the cantonment house donated by the then government after the death of president Zia. The house is in the most restricted area, and public entry is either restricted or subject to permission of Begun Zia. The news is not clear whether Begum Zia sent any list to the cantonment security to allow her guests to visit her on Eid day.

Fashion?

We have been observing, albeit silently, an incremental yet disturbing trend among the burgeoning fashionists in today's Dhaka city. Apart from the sheer mockery it makes of the holy month of abstinence, the fashion ads smeared across the magazines and billboards reek of over-exposure of the feminine form, in complete denial of our treasured cultural identity. Our collective cultural identity had long been embedded in the notions of modesty and grace, and these are traits and values we are and should take immense pride in. Even The Daily Star for certain features in its Lifestyle and weekend magazines may stand accused of implicitly endorsing an ethnocentric view, when it is pivotal for a national daily not to lose sight of the fact that Gulshan-Banani-Dhanmondi views on trends and fashions do not necessarily reflect the collective values of the entire city, let alone the country as a whole. Many people echo this view in inconspicuous settings in fear of being branded a fundamentalist, but as social engineers our elected authorities indeed have a responsibility to nurture and preserve positive aspects of our cultural identities before they go awash in prevalent global tides.

Child trafficking

Whenever we turn over the pages of the national dailies, we come across may headlines on “Child Trafficking”. The illegal traders have included children in their list, like commodities. They make the children fall into their trap. The illegal traders normally offer an angel like child candy, apple, sweets and what not. The children, who are basically poor, respond to their call. The traffickers catch them. They sometimes buy children from local agents at a very high rate. The unscrupulous traders sell them outside the country. Hundreds of parents go mad losing their sons and daughters. The law enforcing agencies are there. Still, the traffickers carry on their inhuman business year after year. Again, we know the sufferings of a child after he has been sold. We just shudder at hearing the unbelievable, unimaginable and inhuman stories.

Law and order goes haywire

In an impoverished country like Bangladesh our progressive dreams of socio-economic development are the only route to national prosperity. However, vicious social cancers like crime and corruption often prematurely trample our budding dreams and grossly contaminate our perceptual world with their filthy nightmares. It's absolutely undeniable that despite all the seemingly compelling promises of the governmental policy makers, the overall 'law and order situation' has deteriorated significantly over the last few months. The relentlessness and ferocity of crime have made us utterly speechless. We hopelessly witnessed the vivid blossoms of our collective peace and safety being ravaged by the outrageous outburst of violent crimes that literally made us vulnerable in every corner of the country. It appears that we have been hurled back to a medieval age of sheer lawlessness where the value of human life and liberty was absolutely negligible. Murders, muggings, extortions, kidnappings, robberies and rapes have almost become an unannounced norm in Bangladesh in the recent times and it appears that our representatives in the government are either shamelessly incompetent or they really lack any sincere determination to resolutely counteract the monster of crime. It seems that the incumbent government is represented by a bunch of uncreative sycophants as they are recurrently failing to device feasible and effective plans to curb crimes.

Butchered greenery

I feel saddened by the news of thirty thousand Jhau trees being felled by the ruling party men at Teknaf beach.

Sound pollution

It is one of the worst forms of environmental pollution. It has great impact on the human body and mind. But it seems that some unscrupulous people are completely oblivious to this fact.

Hartal and BNP

Ms Nur Jahan in her letter published in DS on 18 September expressed her utter disappointment at the response by the people towards the hartal called by the national committee to protect gas, oil mineral resources and power in Dhaka city on September 14. But I am quite surprised that she did not utter a word against the main opposition party BNP and its close ally the Jamaat for not giving any support to the hartal. Opposition parties are duty bound to the nation to check the government misdoings, if any, by voicing protest in parliament or on the streets or both. But the BNP has miserably failed to do the same mainly by abstaining from parliament for a childish demand for more front-row seats initially, though gradually adding more demands which include the issue of Khaleda Zia's huge palatial complex at Dhaka cantonment. It is obvious that people are now allergic to hartal because of its frequent use and misuse in the recent past. If we want to develop as a democratic country we, irrespective of our political inclinations, should encourage/ pressurize the political parties to debate all national issues in parliament in open public view on radio and TV channels.

Daylight saving

It is nearly three months since the new timing was introduced. Unfortunately there are lots of problems with that. The problem is much bigger, especially for the students who are taking exams in the morning session. For instance, when an exam starts at 9 :00am of the present time, the problem arises. The candidates do not get enough time for their final revision.

Moon sighting

Kazi Mahbub Hassan's article on the subject, published on September 20 is a rational analysis about our regular confusion about moon sighting.

Open letter to Susan Rice

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza must end. The Goldstone report fairly and accurately documented violations of human rights and international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity committed before, during, and after Israel's December 2008-January 2009 assault on the occupied Gaza Strip. This report is obviously an eyesore to the Israel- lobby within the US government and the Congress, including the AIPAC, who are trying to bury the fact-finding report at the UNHRC level where it will be discussed on September 29 so that it is not referred to international bodies with enforcement powers such as UN Security Council, General Assembly, or International Criminal Court, as the report recommended.

International

UN urges Asian nations to get tough on Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a ministerial meeting of southeast Asian nations late Saturday to take a tougher line with fellow member Myanmar in hopes its military junta will free political prisoners and hold fair elections.

Rescuers pluck bodies from muddy water in Philippines

Rescuers plucked bodies from muddy floodwaters and saved drenched survivors from rooftops Sunday after a tropical storm tore through the northern Philippines and left at least 106 people dead and missing.

Blast aimed at Afghan minister kills 4

A suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister killed four civilians yesterday, while attacks and a violent storm killed six international troops, including three French and two American forces, officials said.

India wants to resolve all issues peacefully with Pakistan: Krishna

Foreign Minister SM Krishna, took the podium at the United Nations General Assembly to remind the world of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, and said that India wants to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful dialogue.

Pakistan offers reward for 5 militant chiefs

Pakistan yesterday slapped bounties on the heads of five Taliban and militant leaders, part of an ongoing manhunt for the masterminds of deadly attacks rocking the northwest.

Pakistan blasts show Taliban ability to strike

The suicide blasts that rocked northwest Pakistan over the weekend signal the Taliban remain a threat despite intensified military operations and unmanned drone attacks targeting the group's leaders, analysts said yesterday.

Myanmar opposition still not sure on polls boycott

Myanmar's junta has not yet fixed the dates for elections in 2010 but the opposition is already debating whether to boycott them and lose all influence or take part in what critics say is a sham.

Plane crashes at S Korea fair

A light plane crashed at the site of an international fair packed with thousands of visitors in South Korea on Sunday, killing one of its two pilots and injuring 11 people on the ground, an official said.

Four Iraqi cops killed in attack

A suicide car bomber on Sunday killed four Iraqi policemen and wounded four others near the predominantly Sunni Arab western city of Ramadi, a police official said.

Escape bid by Lankan war refugees thwarted

Sri Lankan troops opened fire to stop dozens of war-displaced Tamil civilians escaping from a government camp where they have been detained in the island's north, the military said yesterday.

Israel lacks will for credible ME peace talks: Egypt

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit yesterday accused Israel of lacking the political will to enter "serious and credible" peace talks with the Palestinians.

Merkel eyes 2nd term as Germans vote

Germans voted in a national election yesterday with Angela Merkel favourite to win a second mandate to lead a country hit by the global recession and at odds over its military role in Afghanistan.

Saudis will allow Israel to bomb Iran's nuke site: MI6

Premier British intelligence agency, MI6 chief, has been told that Saudi Arabia will permit Israel to fly over the kingdom to bomb Iran's nuclear sites.

US to go ahead with India nuke deal

The United States has reassured India that it would move forward with their landmark civil nuclear deal notwithstanding New Delhi's position that it would not sign the discriminatory Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Russia: Iran's enigmatic ally and key crisis player

Russia, which has the deepest relations with Iran of any big power, is to play a critical role in the Iranian nuclear crisis in the next months as the clock ticks on efforts to find a diplomatic solution.

Georgia war report could embarrass EU

A report ordered by the European Union into the causes of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war is to be released Wednesday but the potentially explosive findings which could prove delicate for the EU.

Oscar winning director Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Swiss police detained Oscar winning director Roman Polanski on a US warrant over three-decade-old charges of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, a film festival's organisers said yesterday.

Dozens killed as north Yemen battles rage

Dozens of people were killed or wounded as fighting raged anew on Sunday between government troops and Shiite rebels in the Omran and Saada provinces of northern Yemen, military sources said.

Arts & Entertainment

The celebrity name game

How important is one's name? In fact, William Shakespeare in his timeless love tragedy Romeo and Juliet questioned, "What's in a name?" None in Tinseltown, however, believes in that notion. For them, it is a name that creates as well as tarnishes one's image.

Nitin Rai: Capturing magical moments with his lens

Brilliant photographer Nitin Rai's recent exhibition was aptly titled “ India : Continent of Circe-1”. Truly in each one of the 32 frames on display Rai has captured many a magical moment in the country: from two figures dramatically clashing mid-air with one another in the Kerala martial art of Kalari, to Krishna with the Gopikas in Vrindavan amidst a shower of flower petals, the ravines of dacoit land Chambal, to the beaches of Lakshwadeep, a series on the striking contrasts between modern and traditional India as well as those devoted to the colourful desert people of Rajasthan.

Musicians ushering in puja get a raw deal

Traditional instruments add to the festivity of the five-day Durga Puja. However, the honorarium given to the artistes is not anywhere near adequate in many cases.

Topu’s Shey Ke? solo album now out

Much to the delight of Yaatri fans, "Shey Ke?" Topu's latest studio album -- featuring romantic tracks -- was released recently from G series. The album is the second solo by the artiste and Topu hopes to achieve the same kind of response his first solo "Meye" (2008) garnered.

Boat race celebrates the deity in Magura

A traditional boat race was held on September 26 on the river Kumar on the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community. Tengakhali Puja Celebration Committee of Magura sadar upazila organised the event.

Tele-film Shapmochon on ntv

Tele-film "Shapmpchon" will be aired on ntv today on the occasion of Durga Puja at 9:30am. S.M. Dulal has directed and adapted the tele-film from a story by Falguni Mukhopadhyay.

Dorakata: An adventure in the hills

TV serial " Dorakata" will be aired on Rtv tonight. Jointly scripted by Aminur Rahman Mukul and Mahfuza Hilali and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial is aired on Sundays and Mondays at 9:25pm.

Abba nominated for Hall of Fame

Abba, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiss have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the US.

OP-ED

In need of international support

THE United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session has just begun, and the highlight of the gathering this time has been the deliberation by world leaders on the alarming climate changes across the world. President Barak Obama emphsised the issue in a significant speech at the session.

Cattle class debate and austerity

CATTLE class" appears to be a new term used to humiliate the economy class passengers travelling by air. Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Shashi Tharoor used this term sarcastically in response to a query about his journey in economy class that he would travel "cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows."

Give your baby a pointy head

I get the weirdest jobs. I was asked to go comfort a man who was going bald.


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